The RNOH publication scheme

The RNOH has adopted the Publication Scheme produced by the Information Commissioner's Office. In addition, the Trust has its own Publication Scheme which is a guide to the information routinely published by The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust (RNOH). It is a description of the information about our Trust, which we make publicly available. We shall review the Scheme at regular intervals and monitor how it is operating.

It is important to us that this Scheme meets your needs and we have designed it to be a route map so that you can find information about the RNOH Trust easily. Under Section 19 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (there is a link to the Act in Part Three below), the RNOH Trust has a legal duty to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme for the publication of Trust information. The purpose of the Act is to promote greater openness by public authorities (of which the RNOH Trust is one).

The RNOH Publication Scheme will help you to find all the information that the Trust publishes. The Freedom of Information Act does not change the right of patients to protection of their patient confidentiality in accordance with Article 8 of the Human Rights Convention, the Data Protection Act and at common law. Maintaining the legal right to patient confidentiality continues to be an important commitment on our part. To help with this, we have appointed someone who is called a Caldicott Guardian, and who has responsibility to ensure the protection of patient confidentiality throughout the Trust in accordance with your legal rights.

If you are unable to find the information you require in the publication scheme, please email your request to

We will aim to respond to your request for information within 20 working days.

Please note that from January 2024, for cyber security reasons, we will not be able to open any email attachments, or click on links, contained within FOI requests. The full details of the FOI request must be contained within the main body of the email.

In the RNOH, our Caldicott Guardian is:
Dr John McGrath
Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust
Brockley Hill

Information Management

Information falling into the Classes will be retained in line with the RNOH Trust's retention and disposal schedules, which comply with circular HSC1999/53 and Public Record Office Guidance.

Information not required for the business purposes of the Trust is stored at the Trust/at a place of deposit approved by the Lord Chancellor for the purpose of holding public records


The material available through this Publication Scheme is subject to the RNOH Trust's copyright unless otherwise indicated. Unless expressly indicated on the material to the contrary, it may be reproduced free of charge in any format or medium, provided it is reproduced accurately and not used in a misleading manner. Where any of the copyright items in this Scheme are being re-published or copied to others, you must identify the source of the material and acknowledge the copyright status. Permission to reproduce material does not extend to any material accessed through the Publication Scheme that is the copyright of third parties. You must obtain authorisation to reproduce such material from the copyright holders concerned. For HMSO Guidance Notes on a range of copyright issues, see the HMSO web site:

Freedom of Information Act - Definition document for Health Bodies in England

or contact:
HMSO Licensing Division,
St Clements House,
2-16 Colegate,

Tel: 01603 621000,
Fax: 01603 723000